Jonathan P. Weiner, Gregory de Lissovoy; Razing a Tower of Babel: A Taxonomy for Managed Care and Health Insurance Plans. J Health Polit Policy Law 1 February 1993; 18 (1): 75–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-18-1-75
To many, the U.S. health care system has become an unintelligible alphabet soup of three-letter health plans. There is little agreement about which characteristics distinguish one type of plan from another. In this article we chip away at what has become a Tower of Babel of managed care and health insurance terminology. We review past and current trends in the market for nontraditional health benefit plans and propose a taxonomy, or system of classification, that will aid in understanding how managed care plans differ from conventional health insurance and from one another. Also included is a comprehensive glossary of terms.